Monday, March 10, 2014

Buy Local - Sometimes Really Local!

There are so many headlines about the lack of manufacturing in the US, I always find it interesting to see how many of the products we've used are made here in the USA.    As you'll see below, there are some big budget items!  And when you combine that spending with all of the local craftsman we use, it's quickly apparent that the majority of our spending is here in the US - and a lot in Maine.

Don't you love the name and flag stamp?
So let's start with products that come from right here in Maine:

Plum Creek is one of the largest landowners in Maine and has a huge timber management business.  So, much of wood in this house was not only manufactured here, it was grown here as well!

The cement that we used is from Dragon Products Company in Thomaston, Maine

The Martha Stewart kitchen cabinets are made in North Carolina.   They are also certified as part of the KCMA (Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association) Environmental Stewardship Program.

All those new windows - manufactured here in the US.  That cool Cedar Impressions siding?  McPherson, Kansas! 

The white subway tile that we'll use in the bathrooms and kitchen is US made.
The beautiful new Viatera quartz countertops were manufactured in Adairsville, Georgia
The miles of insulation we used - yup, made in the USA

See this mountain of flooring that's getting installed this week?  You guessed it.  Another US product - grown and manufactured in Tennessee!  

All of our new doors come from the US as well.

As you look at the big percentage of products for this house that were manufactured in the US, it makes you realize how big an impact the housing bubble and the subsequent drop in real estate had on our economy.  Obviously, this is just one house.  But think about how few houses have been built/renovated in the last few years and how that impacted US jobs.  Isn't it nice to know that they're all rebounding?  And it kind of makes us proud to be doing our part to help!

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